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Asian Games 2018, Badminton Highlights: PV Sindhu books historic final; Saina Nehwal wins bronze medal

Asian Games 2018, Badminton Highlights: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi in women's singles semi-final, Saina Nehwal bags bronze medal.

Updated: August 27, 2018 2:25:30 pm
Asian Games 2018 Badminton Highlights: PV Sindhu booked historic women’s singles final. (Source: PTI)

Asian Games 2018 Badminton Highlights: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal ended India’s 36-year wait for an individual medal at the Asian Games on Sunday. While Saina Nehwal lost against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei to settle for bronze, PV Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian woman to reach final of women’s singles at Asian Games. She beat Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to

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Asian Games 2018 Badminton Highlights:

12:56 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: Congratulations Sindhu!
12:54 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: Sindhu the history maker
12:41 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Match point Sindhu! Yamaguchi's angled smash is wide and Sindhu has match point at 20-10. WHAT A SMASH! Superb smash down the line by PV Sindhu and Yamaguchi can do nothing to it. PV Sindhu is through to the gold medal match. She wins 21-17, 15-21, 21-10. 

12:40 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Outstretched pick on the drop shot by Yamaguchi is desperate but it doesn't come off. Sindhu within two points of gold medal match. 19-10

12:39 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Akane Yamaguchi goes for a bit too much with her angles and pushes the shuttle well wide. Tries to go for a drop shot next and it hits the top of the net. 18-10 in Sindhu's favour now

12:38 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: Wishes for Saina
12:37 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Misjudgement by Akane Yamaguchi once again and PV Sindhu with a commanding 15-8 lead now in the third and final game. Make that 16-8. Snap shot deep into the court and Yamaguchi is unable to get it back

12:32 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu leads at the mid-game break in the decisive third game. Yamaguchi's serve reply is straight into the net. 11-7 now

12:30 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

WHAT A RALLY! What a superb rally. 41 shot rally between PV Sindhu and Akane Yamaguchi. At the end of which, Yamaguchi is down on the ground and Sindhu has her hands on her knees in exhausation. What a point. Sindhu the victor of it with a gentle push back with Yamaguchi's reply coming close to the net. 10-5 in Sindhu's favour now

12:29 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

FIVE POINT LEAD! PV Sindhu's push into the final-third lands in. Yamaguchi expected it to land long. Got herself in a tangle as a result with late realisation it is landing in but too late to do anything at that stage. 9-4

12:28 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi beats her head with her racket in frustration. Yet another error, an unforced error, trying to go for too much on the smash and drop attempt. Sindhu, on the other side of the court, is pumped! 

12:26 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu putting on a great show of her fierce power and thumping smashes with three straight points leaving no chance for Yamaguchi. Sindhu leads 7-3

12:18 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Luck working in Yamaguchi's favour. PV Sindhu makes an error nwo and that brings up the game point. PV Sindhu is pressured into flicking the wrist at the net and Akane Yamaguchi takes the second game 21-15. INTO THE DECIDER!

12:16 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

After PV Sindhu won two straight points, Yamaguchi ends that spell. Or the net does. Off balance, Yamaguchi somehow gets the shuttle back but it hits the top of the net and goes over. Sindhu with a backhand error and that's the four point gap once again

12:15 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

At one stage, it was PV Sindhu who had a four point lead in the second game. Now, it is Akane Yamaguchi who has built a four point gap. Error count rising from Sindhu's racket. 16-12 now in favour of the Japanese player

12:08 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Clever, clever play by Akane Yamaguchi. First she pushes the shuttle into Sindhu's body and then with the Indian shuttler begged back, rises to send a smart drop shot. No chance of picking that up. Error by Sindhu thereafter and it is Yamaguchi who leads 11-10 at the mid-game interval in the second

12:07 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu's otherwise dominant and fierce smash is only into the net. Yamaguchi clutching away at some key points here. Error by Sindhu now as Yamaguchi pushes the tempo. 10-9 now in Sindhu's favour

12:05 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

36 shot rally! What a point between the two 'gladiators'. PV Sindhu comes out on top and leads 8-5 in the second game. This is a test of nerves as much as that of fitness. 

12:03 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu with an imposing start once again in the second game as well. She leads 7-4 and has Yamaguchi scrambling all over. But the Japanese, as always, will fight until the end

11:54 (IST)27 Aug 2018
Asian Games 2018 Day 9 Live: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

Poor shot and placement by Yamaguchi. Gets her backhand wrong and Sindhu smashes it with ease. Game point now with Yamaguchi's errors continuing. She saves one with the luck of the net. 20-16 now. Sindhu with a tame error into the net and another point goes begging. Akane Yamaguchi's jump smash goes wide and PV Sindhu wins the opening game 21-17

Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal today headed for a gold medal showdown at the 18th Asian Games after their quarterfinal victories ensured India's first ever women's singles medals at the Continental event. First it was London bronze medallist Saina, who ended a 36-year-old wait for an individual medal after locking at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal. Rio silver medallist Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal. India has won eight badminton medals at the Asian Games and six of them are in team events and one in men's doubles.